Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning, don't follow in Caitlyn Jenner's footsteps

Chelsea Manning, don't follow in Caitlyn Jenner's footsteps

Could anyone have dreamed up a more complex pop icon and trans heroine than Chelsea Manning? The former Army intelligence analyst, born Bradley Manning, who turned over a trove of classified files to WikiLeaks downloaded while she was stationed in an Iraq war zone, came out as a trans woman upon being sentenced to a 35-year prison term for violating the Espionage Act. President Obama commuted 28 years of that sentence, and last week Manning emerged from Ft. Leavenworth military prison with a Twitter following of 220,000 and a “here I am” photo that’s gone viral.

Manning’s treatment as a prisoner, which a U.N. investigator pronounced “cruel, inhuman, and degrading,” was emblematic of...

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